Press Release Details

WAPA Lifts Boil Water Advisory In Both Districts

Sep 10, 2019


The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority
Corporate Communications
Contact: Jean P. Greaux, Jr., Director of Corporate Communications
340-774-3552 extension 2147 or 340-244-7330

communications@viwapa.vi / www.viwapa.vi

September 10, 2019


WAPA Chief Operating Officer, Water System, Noel Hodge said Tuesday that boil water advisories issued in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian on St. Thomas & St. John, and following a recent potable water service interruption in Frederiksted Town, St. Croix are now lifted.

Hodge said that in both districts, WAPA water quality lab technicians have monitored the potable water system for the required 72-hour period, and have concluded that the potable water being distributed by the Authority continues to meet drinking water standards.

The boil water advisories were issued as a precautionary measure in the wake of a loss of pressurization of the water distribution system specifically in St. Thomas & St. John in the days that followed Hurricane Dorian, and during a mainline leak which affected water service to west end communities on St. Croix.

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The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority is an autonomous agency of the Virgin Islands Government which produces and distributes electricity and drinking water to residential and commercial customers in the territory. WAPA was created by the Fifth Legislature of the Virgin Islands in 1964 through Act No. 1248. Today, WAPA generates electrical power at production plants on St. Thomas and St. Croix, and distributes electrical service through smart grids to customers on St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John, Hassel Island, and Water Island. Potable water is distributed to almost 13,000 customers through water lines and standpipes. WAPA also has the responsibility of installing and maintaining street lights.